Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Sendai, Japan
Bikes: Vitus 979, Simplon 4-Star (Romani), Woodrup Giro, Gazelle AB
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Thanks unworthy: it sounds more complicated than I want to get into — as if building from a frame up is not complicated enough sometimes.
FWIW: I'm having trouble committing to my Vitus project. The forks are simply lacquered aluminum. The rest of the frame is painted, undercoated, and has the original paint on two main tubes — paint not anodize. The stripper — which seems to be the strongest I can get here — lifts the paint, softens the undercoat and leaves the original coating pretty much as is. It must be Imron or some epoxy. I can't send it to Osaka where a lot of frames are professionally done in Japan cuz I'm afraid of the process they use may un-bond the epoxy the frame is assembled with. I could spend a wad of yen getting the frame ready for polishing only to have the whole thing get rickety on me. And, there is only ONE place that I know of that handles Vitus rebonding — across the Pacific — and he may have lost interest by now. Anyway, even if he were still in the business, two-way shipping and the bonding process would be a another huge wad of $CAD.
I was trying to find a way around to another project, but I guess that I'd better bite the bullet and just fight the old finish off the Vitus somehow. A polished, totally aluminum frame would/could/ should be the reward.
BTW — (The frame I found needed no paint at all.) Lenton58/Lorne